As children across the country finish out the school year, parents begin looking for fun and educational activities to engage their children over summer break. One community in Sawyer, Minnesota has a great way to start – and the whole family is invited. Today is day one of Nagaajiwanaang Ojibwe Language Camp, a four-day adventure that teaches participants the Ojibwe language while guiding them through cultural activities such as canoe racing, birch bark basket making, drumming and drum stick making, singing lessons, quill art, flute making, moccasin making, and more.
According to organizers, interest in the Ojibwe language has been growing in recent years, and language use has been bolstered by the fact that the Fon du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chipewa Reservation passed an ordinance earlier this year making Ojibwe its official language.
The camp, in its third year, is to be the subject of an upcoming documentary and will be covered by News From Indian Country. Last year’s camp drew around 400 participants, and organizers are expecting around the same number of campers this year. All four days of camp are free and open to the public and will include complimentary home-cooked meals. People from all backgrounds and speaking levels are welcome to attend.